Philly’s Red Klotz, Washington Generals Founder, Dies at 93

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In this March 21, 2001, file photo, Red Klotz, 80, owner of full-time Globetrotters’ opponent the New York Nationals, smiles inside his office at his home in Margate, N.J. The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters died Monday, July 14, 2014.

South Philadelphia native Red Klotz, who founded the team that played the lovable loser foils to the Harlem Globetrotters, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 93.

Klotz attended South Philadelphia High School and Villanova. He came out of the early basketball popularity of South Philadelphia’s Jewish population, playing on and later managing the Philadelphia Sphas. He spent one year in the then-fledgling Basketball Association of America, which later became the NBA, and won a title with the Baltimore Bullets. At 5-foot-7, he’s the shortest player to ever win an NBA championship.

When owner Eddie Gottleib got a franchise (the Philadelphia Warriors) in the NBA, the Sphas eventually became a touring partner of the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1952 Klotz’s team — re-christened the Washington Generals — became the permanent touring partners of the ’Trotters. Klotz beat the Globetrotters while with the Sphas, but lost over 14,000 times while with the Generals (or any of their many names, including the Atlantic City Seagulls).

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Charles Barkley Co-Hosts Fox 29 Sports Broadcast, Talks Wrestling For Some Reason

Last night, Charles Barkley co-hosted Fox 29′s Sports Sunday with Howard Eskin. It was pretty entertaining. Barkley is almost as good at making fun of and needling Howard Eskin as Howard’s son Spike is. And since he’s actually a basketball analyst and not a general sportscaster, he’s allowed to admit he’s completely ignorant of soccer and was flipping back and forth between the World Cup Final and golf. He also did this, to needle Howard on his height:

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Jonathan Papelbon: Get Me Off of the Phillies!

Although the Phillies have just taken three in a row from the Milwaukee Brewers, the team with the best record in the National League, they’re still way back in the standings. At 40-51, the Phillies’ playoff odds are less than one percent. And closer Jonathan Papelbon, who saved last night’s win, says he’s ready to move on to another team.

Papelbon has been quite good this season. After a slightly down 2013, Papelbon has has allowed just five earned runs, has walked just nine guys and has the best WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of his Phillies career. He hasn’t even given up a homer! With the Phillies out of it, a reporter asked him post-game if he hoped his performance would lead to a trade to a contender.

“Of course, man,” he replied. “What kind of question is that?” Papelbon is apparently as tired of watching the Phillies as many Philadelphia fans are.

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Nerlens Noel Finally Plays a Game for the Sixers (Kind Of)

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I enjoy NBA summer league basketball immensely. I like basketball, of course, and will watch it when I get the chance to. But there’s more: Where else can you see young NBA talent and young, not-quite-NBA talent play in a gym that would be too small to hold Holy Family’s basketball camp? At the end of the Orlando Summer League, the top two teams even play in what might as well be a camp championship!

With the Sixers drafting two top players this year who won’t get on the court for a year or two, the summer league becomes a little more fun. How much different will the summer league team be than the regular season squad? You might be seeing swaths of the actual team already! Plus, this year, Sixers fans get to see Nerlens Noel — a player the team took in 2013 who didn’t suit up all last season.

Noel finally saw some game action on Saturday, and acquitted himself quite well in the opener: Though he only grabbed two rebounds, Noel had 19 points, 4 steals, 4 assists and a block in 26 minutes in the first game, a loss to Orlando.

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Chase Utley Named Starting 2nd Baseman on NL All-Star Team

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While the Phillies were swept by the Pirates in Pittsburgh, there was some good news out of this weekend: Chase Utley will start his sixth MLB All-Star Game this year. It’s his first All-Star Game nod since 2010.

Fans vote for the starters in baseball’s All-Star Game. Utley received about 800,000 more votes than the second-place vote getter, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon. He won the player’s vote, too, over Gordon.

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Report: Sixers Engaged in Trade Talks for Jeremy Lin

Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) celebrates after making a three-pointer during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Photo |  Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) celebrates after making a three-pointer during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Photo | Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers are attempting to pry Jeremy Lin away from the Houston Rockets, according to a report from Liberty Ballers Jake L. Fischer. Lin will be in the last year of his contract next season; he makes $8.4 million.

It would be pretty cool to have a player on the Sixers who casual sports fans have heard of for the first time since, um, Allen Iverson. But the deal is another of general manager Sam Hinkie’s “acquire as many assets as possible” strategy. The Rockets are attempting to sign star free agent Carmelo Anthony, and would have to trade Lin in order to get the salary cap space for Anthony. The team even put up posters with Carmelo wearing Lin’s No. 7 Rockets jersey in an attempt to recruit him.

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The Phillie Phanatic Is an Ass

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Sorry to be the one to break this to you, but the Phillie Phanatic is a dick.

I know. You’re very angry right now. You really love the Phanatic. Honestly, I do, too.

But sit with it for a minute: The Phillie Phanatic is a raging, first-class asshole.

I know, it stings. It’s hard when you love someone who’s no good for you. Who triggers all your bad reflexes. Who enables all the dark impulses that keep you from reaching your full potential. Philadelphia, your love affair with the Phanatic is what Lady Gaga calls a bad romance.

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Phillies Look Likely to Start Fire Sale

Do you like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and other stars of the recent Phillies? Watch them while you can! The Phillies are getting ready to sell.

Before the team’s recently completed eight-game homestand, general manager Ruben Amaro said he’d make a decision on whether the team would attempt to contend this year based on their results. The Phillies lost 6 of 8 and were swept by the Braves in a four-game series for the first time since 1964.

The Phillies almost certainly aren’t going to get rid of all of those players. Lee is hurt and would need to show he can contribute this year to get traded (again). Howard’s trade value is incredibly limited — he’s only slugging .410, and while an AL team might take a shot on him as a DH, his contract is huge and the Phillies would have to eat a lot of money. Closer Jonathan Papelbon is another case of a player whose contract the Phillies would likely have to pay part or most of in order to get anything in return.

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Kyle Beckerman’s Engagement Photos Make Me Ashamed to Be an American

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USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. Photo | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

I’m a big soccer fan. I was a big soccer fan even before this World Cup. I love watching soccer on TV. (I know — weird, right?) I get into arguments with my husband over Michael Bradley. I think Kyle Beckerman is the hottest thing since sliced bread.

Hold on. Make that “I thought” and “was.” Because I just saw Kyle Beckerman’s engagement photos, and I’ve changed my mind. Read more »

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